Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hot Jalapeno Popper Dip with Ritz Crackers

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Who's ready for football? My family and I have a tradition on the night of the big game and we call it "Dip Night." I make several different dips and we all gather around the TV and eat our dips right off a buffet on the coffee table. 

This recipe is so delicious!
It's like jalapeno poppers without the mess of the fryer! 

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This recipe starts with a trip to Wal-Mart where I picked up some yummy ingredients, including Ritz Crackers. They are not only perfect for dipping, but also for a crushed topping for the dip! 

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Here is what else you will need: 

2 Whole (8oz) Pkgs Chive and Onion Cream Cheese, softened.
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 can (4oz) Chopped Green Chiles, Drained
4 Whole Jalapeno Peppers, Seeded and Diced (I also take some of the membrane out)
1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 sleeve Ritz Crackers, crushed

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When you slice the jalapenos, make sure you remove the seeds and some of the membrane too, to lessen the heat, And, remember to wash your hands really well after you finish chopping, or you will be really sorry when you rub your eyes or nose lately! Take it from me!

Preheat oven to 400. 
Stir Together cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo in a large bowl. Add drained green chiles and jalapenos. Pour mixture into an oven safe dish and sprinkle the parmesan over the top. Add the crushed Ritz Crackers to the top.

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Bake, uncovered for 15 minutes. then broil for a few minutes to brown the top (if needed--mine browned up just fine without the broiling). 

Serve with Ritz Crackers

I served mine in a really cute round green metal tray with handles, which makes it easy to get to and from the table. 
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Yum right?!
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To really up the cute factor, you can serve it on these adorable grass mats. Now is the time of year to pick some of these up at your local craft store. I have had these for years and they come in SO handy for a variety of parties. 
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 If you serve this to hungry guests at your football parties, I guarantee it will be gone!
It's warm and creamy and delicious and perfect for wintertime parties. 

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Have fun at your big game parties this year!
What are your big game traditions? Leave me a comment and tell me about them!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Delicious Coca-Cola Game Day Recipes with Evite!

I've teamed up with my friends at +Evite and +Coca-Cola today to bring you THREE awesome new recipes for your big game parties!  These all sound so delicious!

Let's start with your mocktails--perfect for the kids AND the adults at your party!

Spicy Chocolate Coca Cola Mocktail

Serve a drink with a kick, like this spicy chocolate Coca-Cola® mocktail . 
 Get the recipe below.
coca cola mocktail


  • 8 fluid ounces Coca-Cola®
  • 1 fluid ounce Monin Spicy
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 fluid ounce milk
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 mint sprig
  • Fill a 16-oz glass half full of ice.  Combine all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.
Makes 1 serving.

The “Home Bowl” is not associated with or authorized by the National Football League. © Mondelēz International group © 2015 The Coca-Cola Company

Next up is WINGS, of course!

Coca Cola BBQ Wings


Kick your BBQ wings up a notch by adding Coca-Cola® to the recipe. Check out how to make these delicious BBQ Wings now!    The “Home Bowl” is not associated with or authorized by the National Football League. 
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  • 8 chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons diced jalapeño
  • 2 tablespoons diced garlic
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1/4cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cups molasses
  • 1/4 cups Coca-Cola®
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Chicken Wings
  • Rinse chicken and split each wing at joint into two parts, then cut off tips. Season each side with salt and pepper.   Fry the chicken in canola oil until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to soak up excess oil. To serve, remove wings from mixture and place on a plate.  
  • Coca Cola BBQ Sauce
  • For the Coca-Cola® BBQ sauce, heat a sauté pan over medium high heat and add olive oil, jalapeños, garlic and shallots. Stir until brown and remove pan from heat. Add ketchup, orange juice, Coca-Cola® and molasses. Mix well and pour in brown sugar, liquid smoke, paprika and garlic salt. Stir and let cool down.
  • Place fried wings into barbecue sauce mixture. Mix well. 
  • And, to finish your big game with something sweet, try this yummy cake recipe!

  • Coca Cola Football Cake
    Celebrate Game Day by making a Coca-Cola® football cake! Purchase a heavyweight football pan (available at craft stores) and grease and flour it twice to ensure the cake comes out of the pan easily. Enjoy this delicious recipe courtesy of Coca-Cola®!
    The “Home Bowl” is not associated with or authorized by the National Football League. 
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    Prep Time: 30 min     Cook Time: 45 min     Total Time: 1 hr 15 min    


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola® (for cake)
  • 1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cups butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cups butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola® (for frosting)
  • 1 box (16-ounces) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift the sugar and flour. Add marshmallows. In a saucepan, mix the butter, oil, cocoa and Coca-Cola®. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9- by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.
  • To make frosting, combine the 1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa and 6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola® in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners' sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.
  • Have fun at all your big game parties!

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